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Racing car receives Novec 1230 fluid.

Nascar (the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) has approved a fire suppression fluid from 3M, a company known for innovation. Metalcraft Inc, an international leader in fire suppression, equipped both the cockpit and fuel cell area of the No 16 3M Ford Fusion with its new Fire-Trak branded fire suppression system using Novec 1230 fluid.

The Fire-Trak system and 3M's Novec 1230 fluid received Nascar approval earlier this year. 3M researchers developed Novec brand products to be a safe, sustainable chemistry for the replacement of ozone-depleting substances being phased out under the Montreal Protocol or those chemistries that have high global warming potentials and undesirable toxicity. Novec 1230 fluid has an exceptional environmental profile with zero ozone depletion potential and a global warming potential of one. It stays in the atmosphere only five days, compared to HFC-236fa that lingers for 240 years.

"Novec 1230 fluid is safe now and into the foreseeable future, unlike HFCs that could be impacted by the desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in fire suppression," said Joe Ziemba, marketing manager at 3M. "We're proud that the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion is putting 3M technology to work to help it keep racing toward a bright future."

The suppression system using Novec 1230 is manufactured by Metalcraft

Novec 1230 fluid is a chemical agent that is stored as a liquid but is discharged as a gas that leaves no residue. The fluid does not damage sensitive electronics or equipment in the racecar and provides a wide margin of safety when deployed in an enclosed area near Biffle. It also does not affect the surface of the racetrack, keeping it safe for other drivers. Novec 1230 fluid comes with 3M's Blue Sky warranty, important when used in commercial buildings, where it offers an opportunity to earn innovation credits toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Leed) certification.

Other notable applications of 3M Novec 1230 fluid include use in protecting high-value assets such as museum artifacts, library documents, data centres, health care facilities, computers and other critical devices where water cannot be used. Additionally, Novec 1230 fluid has found its way into the archives at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo.

The Novec brand line also includes Novec Engineered Fluids used in electronics cleaning and heat transfer. In fact, Iceotope, a company that patented liquid cooling for servers in its data centre, selected Novec technology to rapidly convect heat away from electronics for 24/7 free cooling. Novec technology is also being used in a preservation application at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History where it is safely preserving a 330-pound, 24-foot giant squid.

Novec-branded products are consistent with 3M's longstanding commitment to sustainable development. For the eighth consecutive year, 3M received the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for its comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index continues to recognise 3M as a sustainability leader by including the company in its 2010-2011 global sustainability index. When 3M first introduced Novec technology in 1997, the American Chemical Society recognised the company's scientists with a Heroes of Chemistry Award.

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